What happens to movie props after the film’s finished shooting? Some get thrown away or filched by the actors, while others get re-used for other films (you may have noticed the Alien from Alien’s non-speaking role as a police officer in Notting Hill, for example). But many more get flogged on eBay. Here’s a pick of the ten best props (or replicas) that you can currently get your hands on.
1. Minority Report Eyedenti scanner (pictured). One of the most high-tech props from one of the most high-tech films of recent years. Buy it, before the government starts installing them in every train station…
2. Alien 3 alien egg. Foam-filled latex casting, made for the film but not used. Looks more like an alien baked potato to me, mind.
3. James Bond’s Ericsson phone. From Tomorrow Never Dies, although sadly without the lock-picking / fingerprint-scanning / enemy-spiking features that Bond could use. Shame.
4. Indiana Jones Thugee bow. Used in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, made of silver with a sheep’s head on top. Hang on, that’s not very scary, shouldn’t it be a snake? Ah well.
5. A million dollars in used notes. Some of which were used in Ransom and Ocean’s Eleven. And some of which were stolen from a newsagent in Balham. Okay, maybe not the second bit.
6. Prototype Willy Wonka goggles. Mocked up for the TV-room scene in the recent remake, and styled on Johnny Depp himself. They look like something Su Pollard would wear.
7. Replica Auryn jewel from The Neverending Story. And if this hasn’t put Limahl on your internal jukebox for the rest of the week, I’ll be shocked.
8. Used Titanic prop lifejacket. Best not used for boat journeys if you’re superstitious.
9. Batman Begins Batarang. Designed to be hung on a wall, although presumably would double as a convenient tool to snare a fleeing criminal mastermind. Or a bottle-opener.
10. Flintstones bowling pin. “Would make a very inexpensive bowling league trophy”. I love eBay sellers who know their niche.